Early Obama supporter backing pro-Clinton super PAC

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin has been named a senior adviser to Ready for Hillary, a prominent pro-Clinton super-PAC unofficially working to prepare for her potential bid.

Franklin was the first African-American female mayor of a major Southern city and an early endorser of then-Illinois Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaDem donor irked by Nordic dinner invite Five decades of Democratic convention memories First lady goes to bat for Clinton MORE in 2008, just a month before Georgia's primary.

“The Ready for Hillary movement is inspiring, and along with all other supporters, I am excited and proud to join this effort,” Franklin said in a statement. “It’s bringing together people from red states and blue states, young and old, long-time Hillary supporters and new ones like me.”

Early Obama supporters are already beginning to express their support for Clinton, who hasn't yet decided on whether to launch a bid.

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillWatchdog faults Energy Department over whistleblower retaliation Wagner passes on NRCC bid, backs Stivers Senate Dem: Trump will pick 'handsome' Pence MORE (D-Mo.), who had in 2006 butted heads with the Clintons and endorsed Obama early on in his 2008 bid, became the first lawmaker to endorse the super-PAC.

The Ready for Hillary group’s founders are longtime Clinton loyalists who have helped on previous campaigns but aren’t in her inner circle.

But in the months since its launch, the super-PAC has signed on a number of advisers who have closer ties to the Clintons, including Bill ClintonBill ClintonTrump on Hannity during Dem convention’s prime-time lineup Bill Clinton to campaign for Hillary in Utah The Trail 2016: The newrevolution begins MORE’s former White House political director Craig Smith, former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) and Harold Ickes, a senior adviser on Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClinton, Kaine detail bus tour through Ohio, Pa. Former Sanders spokeswoman tries to quell angry supporters Anti-TPP protesters disrupt Cummings speech MORE’s 2008 presidential run.

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